The event will take place the night before Commencement.Read More
Thursday, May 8, at 4 PM, in Hale House. Supper provided.Read More
Monday, May 5, 5:30 at Kelly Adirondack Center. Campus shuttles are available.Read More
It’s a three part series on writing.Read More
The book is a sequence of poems based on the life and work of John Clare. It is published by Hydroelectric Press.Read More
Stone and Siedlecki met in Prof. Selley’s Senior Poe Seminar, and now the recent graduates are married and teach at high schools in Connecticut.Read More
“On Jordan Smith,” an appreciative essay, appears in the most recent issue of Cortland Review. Written by poet David Rigbee, the essay features highlights from poems from throughout Smith’s career. Rigbee will speak at Union in Fall...Read More
Prof. Lewin recently participated in the Schenectady Jewish Community Center’s Jewish Film Festival.Read More
Supported by alumni interest, Prof. Pease directed a new mini-term in June 2013.Read More
The work of Jordan Smith, April Selley, Katherine Lynes, Pattie Wareh, and Ruth Stevenson has recently been featured in Union College’s “People in the News.”Read More
English Prof. Andrew Burkett and his student Samuel Garson (English, ’13) collaborated with Computer Science Profs. Valerie Barr and Nick Webb, as well as with Benjamin Berger (Computer Science, ’15).Read More
Beginning in early January, Union College will undertake a major renovation of the Humanities building with the goal of greatly enhancing the educational environment for students and faculty. The building will be renamed Karp Hall.Read More
Wesley Whitaker entered Dartmouth College’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program in 2010, and he currently works as a Communications Consultant at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.Read More
Steve Crimi recently blogged about his meeting with Heaney on salon.com.Read More
After completing an epic poem about America for his English Honors thesis, Union alum Michael Montesano decided to see more of the world. He is now back in the States as a Graduate Fellow in Comparative Literature at Indiana University-Bloomington.Read More
Union English degree recipient Molly Congdon has headed to New York City.Read More
Literature confronts and expresses the most fundamental quandary of all: what it means to be human.
Writers engage the mind and the heart in search of answers to some of life’s toughest questions. Who am I, and what shaped me? How should I live my life? What gives life meaning? What is love? What is justice? What is evil? What is wrong with society — and can it be changed? Like painting, photography, sculpture, music, dance, and philosophy, literature confronts and expresses the most fundamental quandary of all: what it means to be human.
Learning and literature at Union are not restricted to the classroom. English majors often participate in Mountebanks, the College dramatic society, contribute to Idol, the College arts and literary magazine, and write for Concordiensis, the student newspaper. In addition, those students interested in literature sometimes edit, and frequently publish in, The Minerva Review, an undergraduate scholarly journal for students from Union, Hamilton, Skidmore, Wellesley, and Siena.
The English faculty is very proud of what its majors have achieved after graduation from Union. Some have received prestigious awards, including Watson and Fulbright scholarships, and graduate fellowships from Washington University and Rutgers. Some of our graduates went on to attend law school at Cornell, Harvard, and George Washington. Others still have studied creative writing and journalism at Columbia, NYU, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, and Washington University, or completed degrees in business at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford.